‘Can You Hear Me?’ Scam Has Police Urging People To Hang Up Immediately


“Can you hear me?” Police in several states are urging people to avoid answering this simple question from a phone number they do not know, FOX NEWS reports.

Authorities say that the question is aimed at getting unsuspecting victims to say “yes” – an answer the frauster then records as a way to authorize charges on a phone, utility or credit card bill. The scam is a variation of one that began late last year, according to law enforcement.

“You say ‘yes,’ it gets recorded and they say that you have agreed to something,” Susan Grant, director of consumer protection and privacy for the Consumer Federation of America, told CBS News. “I know that people think it’s impolite to hang up, but it’s a good strategy.”

Scammers were using phrases like, “Are you the lady of the house?”; “Do you pay the household telephone bills?”; or “Are you the homeowner?” In many cases, scammers will play back a person’s verbal confirmation and threaten to take legal action if they try to deny the charges.



  1. My motto is if you don’t know the number don’t pick up the phone, for you can’t be that lonely. I get phone calls from states that I have never visited or ever thought about, much less have anyone living there, so why do I get phone calls from there????? Easier just to get a little answering machine and let it answer the phone after a while the people who call for all ridiculous reasons burn out.

  2. This happened to my macteinutsa in carnarsi. Every thing was fine before then. Now a tyvel calls and its all over. Over do you her me.

  3. Quote: “I know that people think it’s impolite to hang up” These people making these terrible scams on the phone are obviously severely wicked people!! The only way to prevent them from, Chas V’Shalom, harming you, IS to not answer their calls at all, and if you did answer, then, of course, immediately hang up!!


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